First Look: Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon

Sotheby’s will offer a curated selection of important fine art from the distinguished collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon in a dedicated evening auction on 10 November. Ranging from 17th-century still lifes through to masterpieces of the 20th century, the incredible breadth and depth of Mrs. Mellon’s fine art reveals her ultimate connoisseurship, and an approach to collecting across styles and genres that is increasingly rare. View the video below, and click here for more information.
Sotheby’s is honoured to offer Property from the Collection of Mrs Paul Mellon, a series of auctions in November offering over 2,000 individual items acquired over a lifetime. Join us for a first look.

Buffalo Run, Tarpon Springs

Magnificent Mediterranean 16 acre estate consisting of a main residence with 21,000 square feet under roof, a guest house with 6200 square feet under roof, and a gated boardwalk leading to 11 miles of riding trails. Aesthetics, precision and ultimate craftsmanship are evident in every square inch of this home; not only is it beautiful, but it is an experience in the latest trends in luxury home construction. Nine bedrooms, 13 full baths and four half baths. Featuring a resort water park purported to be the largest residential pool in Florida with 14 tumbling waterfalls and a lazy river, a 1200 bottle capacity sunken wine cellar and a unique entertaining wing. The Village comprises a movie house with marquee, a pub, a poker and cigar room, loft style music lounge, an ice-cream shop and a book store/library. Plus, a six-car motor court, a 300kw generator, a private entrance gatehouse, a gym containing full circuit fitness equipment and an attached spa with a choice of sauna or steam room. The features and amenities of this extraordinary property are exquisite, and endless.


Gulf-front Gem in St. Petersburg

774 Nina Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida

This impressive Gulf-front mansion offers a magnificent lifestyle within easy reach of airports, downtown fine dining and relaxed waterfront activities. Ideal for large-scale formal entertaining or more intimate events, the vast marble-floored spaces and balconies offer an upscale environment for the most discerning homeowner. Need garage space for a dozen cars? No problem. Or accommodation for house guests? The six vast bedroom suites, each with huge individually-designed baths and marble-floored balconies, will impress and delight your guests, who will arrive from the massive rotunda in a custom glass-walled elevator. The designer kitchen has features to delight any chef, and even the laundry room has extras such as a lingerie sink and expansive workspace. The main office is a soaring masterpiece that could also become a library, game room or theater. The formal living area with its huge fireplace and mirror offers vistas over the curving terrace and pool area with the Gulf of Mexico as a dramatic backdrop.

Extraordinary Property of the Week

181 4th Ave. N. Naples

Situated only one block from the crystalline sands of the Gulf of Mexico in Old Naples, this masterful, yet graceful residence, amasses almost 7,000 square feet of interior living space. Completed in 2011 with a flawless execution of British West Indies architectural styling combined with a level of thought and finish rarely seen, this magnificent retreat is reminiscent of a sprawling seaside plantation. The expansive depth of the lot as well as the intelligent design and positioning of both the home and the outdoor living spaces, allow the pool and lushly landscaped grounds to be bathed in abundant sun well into the late afternoon, allowing full advantage to be taken of the resort inspired yet private outdoor amenities offered in this estate home.


Sotheby's International Realty to Strengthen Presence in China

Hainan_3Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC announced Tianjin Zeng Yi Real Estate Brokerage Co. Ltd., which is owned by Plus Investment Holding Group (Beijing), will open Hainan Sotheby’s International Realty in China, furthering the brand’s expansion in Asia.

Kevin Corbett will serve as chief executive officer, and Jim Hao will serve as general manager.  The firm is expected to open in mid-November of this year.

“Following the planned opening of Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty in October, Kevin and Jim look to continue the momentum in Hainan,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Hainan, with its tropical climate, is a tourist hot spot.  We are proud of their efforts in creating a strong presence in this market, as we continue our expansion in Asia.”

With the opening of Hainan Sotheby’s International Realty, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 27 independently owned and operated offices throughout Asia in Australia, Beijing, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

“Hainan is often referred to as the Hawaii of China, and the No. 1 tropical resort destination there,” said Corbett.  “With the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty network and our robust resources in Hainan, we are opening new doors to this exotic haven and to those seeking to invest in China’s world-class resort real estate.  With the opening of Hainan Sotheby’s International Realty, we foresee further growth and expansion in mainland China’s luxury real estate market.”

Story courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

2014 Luxury Lifestyle Report

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If the top wishes of wealthy Americans could be encapsulated in a single dream home, it would a self-designed “lifestyle property'” on the waterfront with a multi-car collector’s garage. This was among the key findings of the 2014 Sotheby’s International Luxury Realty Lifestyle Report, which surveyed affluent consumers in the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil and China to determine their purchasing behaviors. The study found that buyer confidence has been increasing. The majority of people surveyed in all four countries were more likely to purchase a lifestyle property now more than they were five years ago, and will most likely make that property their primary residence. The report gives a comprehensive look at the luxury real estate market with regard to location, family needs and return on investment. It also takes a detailed look at what lifestyles and amenities are trending right now. To view the entire report, click here.

Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon: Masterworks

Sotheby’s will offer a curated selection of important fine art from the collection in a dedicated evening auction on 10 November. Ranging from 17th-century still lifes through to masterpieces of the 20th century, the incredible breadth and depth of Mrs. Mellon’s fine art reveals her ultimate connoisseurship, and an approach to collecting across styles and genres that is increasingly rare. The Masterworks auction is led by Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Yellow, Orange, Yellow, Light Orange) from 1955, which captures the ephemeral magic of daybreak (right, est. $20/30 million). The work belongs to the most pivotal moment in the artist’s career — he painted only 22 works in this pinnacle year, 13 of which reside in prestigious museum collections. The collection also offers Rothko’s Untitled from 1970, classified as the penultimate painting in the artist’s prodigious oeuvre (est. $15/20 million). Both works have remained in the Mellons’ collection for more than 40 years. The sale offers three monumental canvases from Richard Diebenkorn’s famed Ocean Park series, each acquired by the Mellons in the 1970s shortly after they were created. Old Master Paintings from the collection are led by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder’s Still Life (est. $3/4 million), and the American Art includes works by Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper.

Significant Sales Volume 6. 2014

The latest issue of Significant Sales features top sales from around the world, beginning with a sophisticated condominium in Manhattan with 360-city and park views. Also featured is a majestic waterfront home in Australia, an inviting home in the heart of downtown Aspen and over forty other properties from across the globe.

Significant Sales Volume 6 >>